Thin-film thermoelectric devices with high room-temperature figures of merit

@article{Venkatasubramanian2001ThinfilmTD,
  title={Thin-film thermoelectric devices with high room-temperature figures of merit},
  author={R. Venkatasubramanian and E. Siivola and T. Colpitts and B. O'Quinn},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2001},
  volume={413},
  pages={597-602}
}
Thermoelectric materials are of interest for applications as heat pumps and power generators. The performance of thermoelectric devices is quantified by a figure of merit, ZT, where Z is a measure of a material's thermoelectric properties and T is the absolute temperature. A material with a figure of merit of around unity was first reported over four decades ago, but since then—despite investigation of various approaches—there has been only modest progress in finding materials with enhanced ZT… Expand

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